Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Welcome back to a post wherein Christine talks about the weather.   I can't help it. You guys, we are smack in the middle of an entire week of rain. At first, I was all, ok ok I can handle some rain, the plants need it, thunderstorms are cool, but I'm a wuss and by day two I was over it. In conjunction with how brain-sucking work has been, all this grey and wet is making me feel a little melted in my soul. I was spoiled by California sunshine and I want these days back at work to be bookended by some sweltering Virginia rays. Hey! Like this past Sunday; it was beautiful and sunny- we spent time outside, my armpits got sweaty- I was into it.  And that was only a couple of days ago - see how quickly I slip into the depths of despair without the sun? Robert Frost gets me. His 'Two Tramps in Mud Time' says it with less whine and  more class:

The sun was warm but the wind was chill. /You know how it is with an April day/When the sun is out and the the wind is still, /You're one month on in the middle of May. / But if you so much as dare to speak, / A cloud comes over the sunlit arch, / A wind comes off a frozen peak, / And you're two months back in the middle of March. 

When it's good, it's really good.  Part of the reason I'm so affected by the weather is because the sun does things to my soul. The other part of it is because the cold and the rain  cramp my style, and by style I mean that it makes it more difficult to run errands and it slows me down. I'm really bad about being made to slow down. Which is why I often have to consciously institute quiet time or slow down time. Believe it or not, I'm also not great about taking a break or giving myself a break.  If left up to my own devices I will potentially be in work and to-do list mode until my last breath. Really wonderful and healthy distractions from these things come in the form of my toddler who wants to play, working out at the crossfit gym or with my husband in our garage gym, time with friends, skyping with family, and rare occasions like this vacation that we took last week.  When we were over there, I made sure to not check any emails or do anything slightly work related and the forced distance really helped with the mental break. I'm already looking forward to the next one. 
So here's part 3 of the San Francisco photos. These are from the day and a half we had after our little getaway to Santa Cruz and before we left the city. We spent our last couple of days paying homage to the great bridge, getting pampered at Dry Bar, walking around Hayes Valley and doing some more shopping in the Union Square area.

this bridge is stunning in real life

amazingly creamy ice cream

...made via liquid nitrogen!

these palm trees swaying in the wind and sunlight of the place we were staying at, really set the mood

hayes valley was one of my favorite neighborhoods that we saw 

this store, fiddlesticks, had so many adorable things for kids

finally, miette!

Alamo park

Thanks for having us, San Francisco! 


  1. oh boo the rainy weather. i actually read an article recently stating this summer will be super humid and wet. hello hurricane season :(
    sf sounded like a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle and refreshing recharge!

  2. i feel ya on the rain, i love that poem and i love seeing San Fran through your eyes!